Learning Vital Skills for Remote Work
The pandemic officially started in January 2019, when an unlucky Washington state resident was diagnosed with COVID-19. By spring of that year, the remote workplace transitioned from an oddity to the normal.
Fast-forward three years and here’s where we are: A Gallup survey in June 2022 found that 8 in 10 people are working hybrid or remote, while only 2 in 10 are entirely on-site. While a number of prominent companies are now requiring more on-site work, a separate study by AT&T found that the hybrid model of some remote, some in office is expected to grow to 81 percent in 2024.
If that is the trend, tech companies are all-in: nearly half – 48 percent – are fully remote, and 85% are a mix of hybrid and remote. And what’s driving the trend is now based on employee demand. 60 percent of tech workers are “extremely likely to change companies” if they are not offered a remote work option.
Since tech workers are in demand, especially web developers, database administrators, and software developers, employers are seeking to meet those demands: more than two-thirds of employers surveyed said they have added flexible work arrangements to accommodate employee needs.
What’s Missing from Remote Work
The simple answer: other people. A survey by Gallup reports that employees who are engaged with their co-workers, such as reporting “a best friend at work”, are more likely to be productive, to stay with their company, and to contribute to the organization’s performance.
While managers are the ones monitoring productivity, ranking high in productivity is exactly how an employee gets a raise and moves up on his or her career track. For newbies undergoing on-boarding, the situation is even more acute: adopting a company’s culture and work ethic is hard to accomplish in a zoom call.
How to Meet the Challenges of the Remote Workforce
ETA people-skills courses, presented in webinars and live presentations, include skill sets for managers, team members, and individuals:
- Thriving on a Hybrid Team
- Effective Team Communication
- Success in Global Teams
- Strengths-Based Teams
- Managing Remote Teams
- Communicating as a Manager
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Effective Communication Skills: Listen, Question, and Respond
- Delegating, Goal Setting and Engagement
- Effective Mentoring Relationships
- Dealing With Yourself and Others in Difficult Situations
- Skillful Communication
- Strengths-Based Development for Individuals
- Transitioning from Individual Contributor to Manager
- Building Professional Networks and Influence
Help your Company, and Yourself
Skills training helps improve communication skills to make the most of the time you share with the team, remote or in the office. And those skills have been proven to help an individual’s career, too. As ETA phrases it: Learn today. Lead tomorrow.
Visit the Effective Training Associates website for more information. Or, if you prefer a real person, make a call: (408) 441-8881.